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When most people take a trip to Philadelphia, they stay in hotels that are conveniently located near tourist attractions, business conference centers, or familiar areas. But to get a more local experience in the city and make your trip especially unique, you can also stay in an Airbnb property in one of Philadelphia’s diverse neighborhoods. This is a great way to get to know the city, explore local attractions and enjoy a little more space to yourself. Here are some of the coolest Airbnbs in Philadelphia to consider for your next East Coast trip.
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One top-rated Airbnb in Philadelphia is Richie’s cottage in Midtown Village. This cottage accommodates up to eight guests and has two bedrooms, five beds, and 1.5 bathrooms. It is a stand-alone house in the center of the city and very close to Independence Hall, Antique Row, the Liberty Bell, the Kimmel Center, and the subway. This cottage is a good fit for families, groups of friends, and business travelers because it has free Wi-Fi, free coffee and tea, HBO and Netflix to watch on the two widescreen TVs, and a large patio side deck. There’s also a washer/dryer here with detergent, complimentary toiletries, and a fully-equipped kitchen if you like to cook. Games and books are provided, a baby crib is available upon request, and the host is available during your stay via text. Guests love this place because of how walkable neighborhood is and how easy it is to get to budget-friendly attractions, such as Reading Terminal Market and Avenue of the Arts.
When you’re in Philadelphia, it doesn’t get much more epic than sleeping on a yacht! Lucretia offers a popular yacht that can accommodate four guests with two bedrooms, four beds, and two bathrooms. This is a very highly rated Airbnb that’s right on the Philadelphia waterfront and on Penn’s Landing. You’ll be in walking distance of the Old City and just minutes from the convention center when you stay here. Stay here for a memorable excursion for a weekend getaway and get views of the Ben Franklin Bridge while still being close to bars and restaurants nearby. Your stay includes free parking adjacent to the marina. Onboard, you’ll have a Smart TV with surround sound, Bluetooth, and Alexa. The host even offers free room service if you’d like breakfast, snacks, and beverages delivered to the door. Marina facilities include bathrooms, a shower, and a washer/dryer. The yacht is located in a secluded marina setting with about nine live-aboard residents, so keep noise levels down to be respectful of others.
You can also stay in a modern loft designed by Edward E Agoos when you visit Philadelphia’s Loft District if you choose Ina and Ray’s property. It’s ideal for one or two guests and has one bedroom and one bathroom. You’ll have the whole apartment, backyard, and outdoor patio to yourself. Your stay includes access to all kitchen appliances and a parking spot.
Theresa offers a charming guest house in Philadelphia on Airbnb that’s great for two people in West Mt. Airy. It has a queen-size bed, mini kitchen, and full bathroom on a quiet street that has ample parking. You can walk to shops and restaurants from here as well as the Wissahickon for hiking. Other perks are complimentary coffee and tea, natural soaps and shampoo, and having the whole house to yourself.
If you love the idea of owning a vintage Airstream, why not try staying in an Airbnb version of one first? Kristyn’s 1973 Airstream accommodates two guests with one bedroom, three beds, and one bathroom. It’s a 26-foot camper in a private yard and that has a private patio, hammock, fire pit, and working kitchen. Adventurous couples love this Airbnb because it’s close to the Fairmount Park trails. The hosts live nearby in the 19th-century carriage house.
Marco and Kristin have a true gem of a place they rent out on Airbnb that accommodates up to four guests with one bedroom, two beds, and one bathroom. This is a top-floor apartment that’s comfy, safe, and colorful, and it’s conveniently located near Old City, Chinatown, Reading Terminal, Italian Market, and Rittenhouse. The apartment is in a historic neighborhood that is filled with history and culture, and there are lots of bars and restaurants on its city block. In fact, this is a prime place to be if you’re looking to stay out late and enjoy the local nightlife scene. But if you’re looking to sleep before 2am, however, one of the other options on this list might be best.
Another excellent boat-style Airbnb belongs to J’Anna and accommodates two guests with one bedroom and one bathroom with an onboard camping toilet (but no shower). The Love ‘Ark has a custom-built cabin on top of a 25-foot boat hull and is perfect for adventurous travelers. From here, you’ll get excellent bridge views and feel safe with the private gated entrance. Look in the fridge and pantry for complimentary breakfast items, and for your comfort, air conditioning and electric heaters are provided.
Although hair isn’t cut here anymore, Denise’s studio apartment on Airbnb used to be a barbershop in the early 1900s. It still has a lot of charm to it today in the Bella Vista neighborhoods. This part of Philly is walkable, safe, and beautiful. Inside, you’ll find 12-foot ceilings and wrought-iron chandeliers. This smaller space is ideal for two guests because it’s a studio with one queen-size bed and one bathroom. In the kitchen, you’ll find spices and oils, a microwave, and a French press. And within two blocks, you can walk to cafes, restaurants, shops, and bars. Guests here also have access to a hairdryer, playing cards, books, Apple TV with Netflix, and a record player with a vinyl collection.